Florida is always short of water, so one of the more surprising findings in the Florida Inland Waters Committee Report of 3/11/10 was that:
With the ample rain Florida gets, 1.7 billion gallons per day of fresh water are lost to tide through canals and other conveyances. This is enough water to supply the daily needs of 9 million people.
Here is the utterly strangest finding of the report, which to me is a breach of public trust:
Since enactment of SB 444 in 2005, funding for alternative water projects has been steadily reduced. Funding was completely removed for the current fiscal year.
WHAT?? How did that happen? Will someone please explain this to me? The bill provided $100 million per year to the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust Fund for alternative water supply projects, yet funding has been reduced every year since SB 444's enactment and now it is not funded at all. What kind of law is that? Was it enacted as 'empty-suit, feel good' legislation to take the sting out of the toxic companion bill SB 360? Here is what SB 444 was SUPPOSED TO DO according to the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association:
SB 444 is a significant piece of legislation that addresses water planning, supply and concurrency. It provides funding to the five water management districts to develop alternative water supplies. It requires a 20-year planning horizon for Regional Water Supply Plans and strengthens the public participation and intergovernmental requirements associated with those plans. Local government comprehensive plans are now required to be consistent with these plans within 18 months of the water supply plan’s adoption. It also requires that water to be available for new development before a certificate of occupancy may be issued.
I think we the public have been duped big-time by the Florida Legislature.